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Western Reserve Public Media’s Black History Month Programming Honors African-American History and Culture

In honor of Black History Month, Western Reserve Public Media announces a February lineup of programming for its Western Reserve PBS and Fusion TV channels. Shows airing for the first time are marked with an asterisk (*).

 

Western Reserve PBS (WNEO 45.1 / WEAO 49.1)

American Masters, Fats Domino

Friday, Feb. 1, at 9 p.m.
Repeats Saturday, Feb. 2, at 3 a.m.

American Masters, Fats Domino
Discover how Fats Domino’s brand of New Orleans rhythm and blues became rock ‘n’ roll in the 1950s.

Antiques Roadshow, Celebrating Black Americana

Monday, Feb. 4, at 9 p.m. 
Repeats Tuesday, Feb. 5, at 2 a.m.

Antiques Roadshow, Celebrating Black Americana
Highlights include an 1821 U.S. citizenship certificate for a free man of color.

Red Tail Reborn, Special Edition

Monday, Feb. 4, at 10 p.m.  
Repeats Tuesday, Feb. 5, at 4 a.m. and Sunday, Feb. 10, at 1 a.m.    

Red Tail Reborn, Special Edition
This is the full story of the Tuskegee Airmen and of the efforts of volunteers who strove to bring the airmen’s tale to light.

     

Finding Your Roots, Freedom Tales*

Tuesday, Feb. 5, at 8 p.m.
Repeats Wednesday, Feb. 6, at 2 a.m. and Sunday, Feb. 10, at 1 p.m.

Finding Your Roots, Freedom Tales*
S. Epatha Merkerson and Michael Strahan learn stories that challenge assumptions about black history.

Live from Lincoln Center, Pipeline*

Friday, Feb. 8, at 9 p.m. 
Repeats Saturday, Feb. 9, at 3 a.m.

Live from Lincoln Center, Pipeline*
Dominique Morisseau’s new play focuses on Nya, an inner-city teacher desperate to save her son.

Aretha! Queen of Soul

Friday, Feb. 8, at 10:30 p.m.  
Also airs Sunday, Feb. 3, at 12:30 a.m. and Saturday, Feb. 9, at 4:30 a.m.

Aretha! Queen of Soul
Archival footage from her storied career and interviews mark the passing of Aretha Franklin.

     

Independent Lens, Black Memorabilia*

Saturday, Feb. 9, at 11 p.m.
Repeats Sunday, Feb. 10, at 3 a.m.

Independent Lens, Black Memorabilia*
From the South to Brooklyn to China, meet the people who reproduce and reclaim black memorabilia.

From the Streets to the Stage: The Journey of Fredrick Davis

Sunday, Feb. 10, at 4 a.m. 

From the Streets to the Stage: The Journey of Fredrick Davis
Ballet dancer Frederick Davis’ personal journey began with a broken family and homelessness.

Black Ballerina

Sunday, Feb. 10, at 7 p.m. 
Repeats Monday, Feb. 11, at midnight

Black Ballerina
The stories of several black women from different generations who fell in love with ballet are told.

     

Independent Lens, Hale County This Morning, This Evening*

Saturday, Feb. 16, at 11 p.m.
Repeats Sunday, Feb. 17, at 3 a.m.

Independent Lens, Hale County This Morning, This Evening*
A visit to Hale County, Ala., offers a richly detailed glimpse at life in America’s Black Belt.

American Masters, Maya Angelou

Monday, Feb. 18, at 9 p.m.
Repeats Tuesday, Feb. 19, at 3 a.m.

American Masters, Maya Angelou
Journey through the prolific life of the author and activist.

American Masters, Sammy Davis Jr.

Tuesday, Feb. 19, at 9 p.m. 
Repeats Wednesday, Feb. 20, at 3 a.m.

American Masters, Sammy Davis Jr.*
The vastly talented entertainer strove to achieve the American dream in a time of racial prejudice.

     

American Masters, Charley Pride

Friday, Feb. 22, at 9 p.m.
Repeats Saturday, Feb. 23, at 3 a.m.

American Masters, Charley Pride*
The life of Charley Pride sheds light on the complicated history of the American South and its music.

The African Americans: Many Rivers to Cross

Saturday, Feb. 23, and Sunday, Feb. 24, from 2-6:30 p.m.
Repeats Monday, Feb. 25, and Tuesday, Feb. 26, from midnight to 4:30 a.m.

The African Americans: Many Rivers to Cross
Chronicles the full sweep of African-American history, from the origins of slavery on the African continent through five centuries of historic events.

 

     
     
Fusion (WNEO 45.2 / WEAO 49.2)

American Masters, Fats Domino

Saturday, Feb. 2, at 8 p.m.
Repeats Thursday, Feb. 7, at 7 p.m.

American Masters, Fats Domino
Discover how Fats Domino’s brand of New Orleans rhythm and blues became rock ‘n’ roll in the 1950s.

Backs Against the Wall: The Howard Thurman Story*

Saturday, Feb. 2, at 9 p.m.

Backs Against the Wall: The Howard Thurman Story*
Theologian Howard Thurman used religious expression to help ignite sweeping social change.

Independent Lens, Black Memorabilia*

Monday, Feb. 4, at 10 p.m.
Repeats Saturday, Feb. 9, at 1 p.m.

Independent Lens, Black Memorabilia*
From the South to Brooklyn to China, meet the people who reproduce and reclaim black memorabilia.

     

Graceful Voices

Tuesday, Feb. 5, at 10:30 p.m.     

Graceful Voices
The stories of Bahamian and African-American women in a planned community in Florida are shared.

Grooming a Generation

Thursday, Feb. 7, at 9 p.m.
Repeats Sunday, Feb. 10, at 10 p.m.

Deep City: The Birth of the Miami Sound
Discover how two musical geniuses created the first black-owned record label in Florida.

Red Tail Reborn, Special Edition

Saturday, Feb. 9, at 2 p.m.  
Repeats Wednesday, Feb. 13, at 10 p.m.    

Red Tail Reborn, Special Edition
This is the full story of the Tuskegee Airmen and of the efforts of volunteers who strove to bring the airmen’s tale to light.

     

John Lewis: Get in the Way

Saturday, Feb. 9, at 4 p.m.
Repeats Saturday, Feb. 23, at noon

John Lewis: Get in the Way*
The journey of civil rights hero, congressman and human rights champion John Lewis is chronicled.

Black Ballerina

Saturday, Feb. 9, at 7 p.m.    
Repeats Sunday, Feb. 10, at 4 p.m. and Tuesday, Feb. 12, at 10:30 p.m.

Black Ballerina
The stories of several black women from different generations who fell in love with ballet are told.

From the Streets to the Stage: The Journey of Fredrick Davis

Saturday, Feb. 9, at 8 p.m.    
Repeats Thursday, Feb. 14, at 7 p.m.

From the Streets to the Stage: The Journey of Fredrick Davis
Ballet dancer Frederick Davis’ personal journey began with a broken family and homelessness.

     

Fannie Lou Hamer: Stand Up

Saturday, Feb. 9, at 10:30 p.m.

Fannie Lou Hamer: Stand Up*
The life of voting and women’s rights activist and civil rights legend Fannie Lou Hamer is examined.

We’ll Meet Again, Freedom Summer

Sunday, Feb. 10, at 7:30 p.m.

Voices for Freedom: The Hyers Sisters’ Legacy
The Hyers Sisters, African-American touring-opera prodigies in the 1870s and 1880s, are profiled.

Independent Lens, Hale County This Morning, This Evening*

Monday, Feb. 11, at 10 p.m.
Repeats Saturday, Feb. 16, at 1 p.m.

Independent Lens, Hale County This Morning, This Evening*
A visit to Hale County, Ala., offers a richly detailed glimpse at life in America’s Black Belt.

     

Finding Your Roots, Freedom Tales*

Tuesday, Feb. 12, at 7 p.m.

Finding Your Roots, Freedom Tales*
S. Epatha Merkerson and Michael Strahan learn stories that challenge assumptions about black history.

We Knew What We Had: The Greatest Jazz Story Never Told

Friday, Feb. 15, at 10 p.m. 

We Knew What We Had: The Greatest Jazz Story Never Told
The unrecognized history of jazz in Pittsburgh, Pa., is chronicled in this documentary.

An Evening with Ken Chenault

Wednesday, Feb. 20, at 10 p.m.
Repeats Saturday, Feb. 23, at 4 p.m. and Sunday, Feb. 24, at noon

An Evening with Ken Chenault*
Take a rare, inside look into the life and career of one of America’s most successful CEOs.

     

Grooming a Generation

Thursday, Feb. 21, at 7 p.m.
Repeats Wednesday, Feb. 27, at 10 p.m.

Talking Black in America*
The incredible impact of the descendants of American slaves on American language is explored.

American Masters, Lorraine Hansberry

Friday, Feb. 22, at 9 p.m.    

American Masters, Lorraine Hansberry
he life and work of A Raisin in the Sun playwright and activist Lorraine Hansberry are explored.

American Masters, Maya Angelou

Saturday, Feb. 23, at 7 p.m.

American Masters, Maya Angelou
Journey through the prolific life of the author and activist.

     

American Masters, Sammy Davis Jr.

Saturday, Feb. 23, at 9 p.m. 

American Masters, Sammy Davis Jr.*
The vastly talented entertainer strove to achieve the American dream in a time of racial prejudice.

American Masters, Charley Pride

Sunday, Feb. 24, at 10 p.m.
Repeats Thursday, Feb. 28, at 9 p.m.

American Masters, Charley Pride*
The life of Charley Pride sheds light on the complicated history of the American South and its music.

 

     
     
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